A ‘badante’, or carer, from Moldova pictured with her Italian employer in a park from Rome [Romina Vinci/Al Jazeera]

Iasi, Romania and Rome, Italy – In a small room at the Socola Psychiatric Institute in Iasi, the biggest psychiatric facility in Romania, Ana* looks down. She has a strong voice but struggles to make eye contact. 

A former patient, she was diagnosed with depression. Doctors said she had a case of “Italy syndrome”,

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